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A scholarship fund in Mama Jo's honour

Ivy Josephine Clarke
(centre) with daughters
(front, from left) Norma
Clarke and Rosealee
Matthews. (Back,from
left) Jassette Bell and
Hyacinth Robinson-Clarke.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The reputation for contribution to community and family that Bethany resident Ivy Josephine Clarke has built over the years is one so sturdy that it will not easily fade from the memory of those whose lives she has impacted. In fact, the celebration of her century in ... Read More

Deputy Superintendent Melvin Kerr of the Manchester police Police say strangers sighted in Manchester are church hikers, not Haitians
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester police have confirmed that a church group hiking in th ... Read More

Cops, prisoners injured
in St Elizabeth crash Cops, prisoners injured in St Elizabeth crash
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Four police constables and two prisoners were injured when the pickup ... Read More

Tryall farmer Vern Sellers
ruefully inspects dead or
near-dead lettuce in his
drought-ruined drip
irrigation plot in July.
Sellers told Jamaica
Observer Central that
trucked water to
support his farm
became too
expensive for
him to sustain.
(PHOTO:
GREGORY
BENNETT) Drought-hit south St Elizabeth thankful for small mercies
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — In the context of extreme drought conditions in southern St Elizabe ... Read More

Kudos for JAMALCO's summer employment programme

Monday, August 11, 2014    

PALMER... this is an excellent place for me to develop my
practical skills (PHOTOS: COURTESY OF JAMALCO)

MAY PEN, Clarendon -- Fifty tertiary level students employed to Jamalco for the summer are praising the bauxite alumina company for assisting their development, according to a news release. "This is a very valuable experience for summer workers as it is the first time that some of us are being exposed to the working world," Akiel Russell, a business administration student at the University of Technology (UTech), reportedly said. Jason Palmer, an engineering student, also at UTech, said the wo ... Read More

Mandeville celebrates Emancipation and Independence

Monday, August 11, 2014    

Uniformed groups do a march past
and salute on Independence Day.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Residents of this south central town and the wider parish joined with Jamaicans everywhere in celebrating Emancipation Day (August 1) and Independence Day (August 6). Activities included a Parish Emancipation Thanksgiving Service, Jamaica Day and Emancipation Extravaganza, a Parish Emancipation Vigil, an Independence Flag-raising, Parade of Uniformed Groups and an Independence Gala and Stage Show. The activities were an opportunity not only to reflect on the past ... Read More

An enduring JCDC community project

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 11, 2014    

Members of YWOP cut the fifth anniversary cake.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In 2009 when Manchester resident Lanisia Rhoden walked away with the crown as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) festival queen for the parish, she wanted to embark on a community service project that would assist young people, particularly young women. Rhoden said that her interest was sparked from seeing students at the HEART Trust/NTA, where she worked as an instructor, who were brilliant and had great potential but lacked the necessary guidance ... Read More

Savannah's health fair

Monday, August 11, 2014    

Nurse Claudette Walters-Simpson checks Myra Anderson’s blood pressure.
(PHOTO: COURTESY OF JAMALCO)

MAY PEN, Clarendon — Residents of Savannah came out in their numbers to take advantage of services offered free of cost at a health and information fair organised by Jamalco. A news release said 94 residents had their blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, and waist/hip ratio checked by a team of nurses and emergency medical technicians. Savannah residents also had opportunies for one on one sessions with representatives from the National Insurance Scheme, Social Development C ... Read More

My day with Sir Howard

Monday, August 11, 2014    

JACKIE Charlton Stephenson, daughter of the late Cecil Charlton, former mayor of Mandeville, remembers December 5, 2001 well. That was the day she received a special award from then Governor General Sir Howard Cooke. As the nation mourned the passing of Sir Howard at age 98, Charlton Stephenson saw it fit to share this photograph with the Jamaica Observer Central of her prized moment with the late former Head of State. Sir Howard was interred in National Heroes Park last Friday, August 8. My ... Read More

Football for wellness

Monday, August 11, 2014    

Kits4Causes coaches with a group of children from West Indies College
Preparatory School. (PHOTOS: COURTESY OF NCU)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Carnegie Foundation for Cancer Research in partnership with the UK-based Kits4Causes, Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and the Manchester Football Association recently hosted a week of football workshops and activities on the NCU campus here. According to a news release, Football Focus 2014: Football -- A Vehicle For Wellness, was conducted free of cost by 11 UK-based football coaches certified by the English Football Association. They sought to encourage ... Read More

MCOC's wine and cheese affair

Monday, August 11, 2014    

(From left) Heather, Lilianna and Dianne

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- Guests were encouraged to expand their business networks as they came out to sip some of the finest wines, socialise and be entertained at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce's (MCOC's) annual wine and cheese fundraiser at Bloomfield Great House in Mandeville on July 26. Banker and president of the chamber Loven McCook said proceeds from the event will go towards the immediate needs of three institutions -- Ebenezer Home for the Mentally Challenged, New Hope Children's ... Read More

Getting ready!

Monday, August 11, 2014    

STETHS coach Omar Wedderburn (right) with his charges in pre-season training.



(PHOTO: AINSLEY CLARKE)

SANTA CRUZ , St Elizabeth — Last season St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) swept all before them until they were decisively stopped by Jamaica College (JC) in the all-island schoolboy football final, the Olivier Shield. By then, STETHS had won the all-rural daCosta cup as well as the knock-out Ben Francis Cup - becoming the latest of only a few teams to win the all-rural double. But with a month to go before the start of the new schoolboy season, the usually confident STETHS coa ... Read More

Baseball in Treasure Beach

Monday, August 11, 2014    

Baseball coach Eddie Rose (first row, right) with children and volunteer
coaches in Treasure Beach, recently. At left is Treasure Beach hotelier Jason
Henzell. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF BEST BASEBALL ACADEMY)

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Former professional baseball player and collegiate coach, Eddie Rose held a three-day baseball clinic for youngsters in the Treasure Beach community recently. Fundamental skills in throwing, catching, fielding, hitting and base running were taught, a news release said. "One of the skill areas that I was very pleased to see in the majority of the ballplayers was their ability to hit the ball consistently, and for power," said Rose. "Hitting is probably the mos ... Read More

For your diary

Monday, August 11, 2014    

(From left) Cuban doctor Jesus Reinoso,
who works at the Mandeville Regional
Hospital, and Manchester JCDC
committee member Cecelia Grant-Francis
at Cecil Charlton Park for the
Independence Day Flag-raising Ceremony. Cuban nurse Agne Mederos out for
Independence Day.

* A Child's Smile Dental Outreach Presented by Projects Abroad Jamaica Monday, August 11- Friday, August 22 Manchester * Scholarship and Education Fund Awards Ceremony Presented by Projects Abroad Jamaica Thursday, August 14 (3:00 pm) Projects Abroad Office, Mandeville * Manchester Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting 1st Thursdays (6:00 pm) Golf View Hotel * Rotary Club of Mandeville Weekly Meeting Tuesdays (5:45 pm) Golf View Hotel * Kiwanis Club of Mandeville Weekly Meeting ... Read More



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